Meet the Experts

2M8A2687bcdefgDr. JJ Levenstein MD

Dr. JJ Levenstein is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 2012 retired from her thriving private pediatric practice in Encino, California. She served on the staff of CHLA and Encino Tarzana Hospitals for 20 years and was consistently voted one of the Best Doctors in America® from 2003 through 2012. Drawing from her experience as a pediatrician and mom, Dr. Levenstein serves as president and co-founder of MD Moms, makers of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician moms. She serves on the board of United Cerebral Palsy LA, is an active writer and sits on the advisory boards of several child-centered websites. She is an accomplished chef and completed culinary school in 2013! She has had a lifelong interest in child nutrition and all things related to preventive health.

 

 

Zoe Schaeffer

Zoe Schaeffer is a New Yorker who moved to Los Angeles in 2004. She began her career in the style industry by assisting designer Anna Sui and then working as a beauty editor at Mademoiselle and Self. In LA, she became the fashion and beauty writer for Los Angeles Magazine, and wrote for Vitals and In Style. Most recently, she co-owned LA based boutique, Presse and e-commerce site, presseboutique.com, which was written up in Vogue, W, International Herald tribune, among others. After her second daughter was born, she launched the style blog for baby and home and is currently a freelance writer for fashion, beauty and home. She lives in LA with her husband and daughters, Gemma and Rafi.

Stacie Billis

Stacie Billis is a food writer, child-development expert and blogger at One Hungry Mama who fancies herself a cross between SuperNanny and Jamie Oliver. As a mother of two hungry boys, she knows that kids change the way we cook, but they don’t have to change how well we eat. Selfish? Sure, but it turns out that feeding kids the good foods we enjoy—along with a little food parenting—is the best way to inspire healthy habits for life. Knowing this, Stacie is putting her MA in child development, experience developing an organic family food brand and passion for delicious food to good use in her kitchen and yours. You can also find Stacie as One Hungry Mama on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Catherine McCord

A native of Louisville, KY, Catherine modeled around the world in her teens, spending every spare second learning about and experiencing local cuisines. Craving more, she saved up her money and enrolled at The Institute for Culinary Education in Manhattan. When her beautiful baby boy Kenya was born, she spent hours on the internet researching feeding tips and fresh, healthy recipe ideas, but came up short. She found herself having conversations with friends who struggled with the same issues and quickly became their go-to girl for baby and child-friendly recipes. Now, Catherine shares her extensive research and experimentation in her own family kitchen on Weelicious.com and with her growing international audience on Facebook and Twitter. With a new recipe or tip debuting daily and how-to cooking videos posted every Friday, Weelicious is a wealth of information for parents, and a visual delight for foodies of any age.

 

Maia Rodriguez

Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van, and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (Ha!) and they embarked upon the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now two children later, the family currently resides in Rochester, NY. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for “Evernight,” singing, and now writing on this blog.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARebecca DeMattia-Jha 

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd.  She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.